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02/06/2015 - 12:01

In 2012, Kenji travelled to Jordan as the filming coordinator for a prime time TV programme aired in Japan. It featured WFP’s activities supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan in a very positive light and raised WFP’s profile in Japan.

Staff who were lucky enough to work closely with him testify that Kenji was a truly exceptional journalist and a true humanitarian. They remember how genuinely interested he was in the plight of people.

Statement from WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin ROME - As the world mourns the senseless murder of Kenji Goto, the Syria Crisis staff of the United Nations World Food Programme are remembering him for the incredible support he provided to WFP in the last few years of his life. Kenji was an ally in the fight against hunger, covering our Syria operations extensively and traveling to refugee camps with our staff on a regular basis.
01/20/2015 - 10:30

“Research shows that for every dollar invested in nutrition, as much as $166 in overall benefits can be realized. It’s hard to beat that kind of return on investment, particularly when it comes to saving lives and building a more sustainable future for our world.

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme Many companies already recognize and understand the critical link between ending hunger and promoting economic and commercial success, but much more needs to be done. As global business leaders gather in Davos, we will actively push for even greater corporate investment in lifesaving programmes and innovative solutions to meeting the goal of eradicating hunger and poverty around the world.
11/25/2014 - 11:54

Cousin briefed the Egyptian President on WFP operations worldwide and its programmes in Egypt. WFP, which has its headquarters in Rome, has worked in Egypt since 1968, running innovative projects targeting the most vulnerable who need additional support beyond the Government’s safety net programmes for the poor.

In 2013, WFP started programmes to support over 120,000 farmers facing climate change in rural areas of Upper Egypt through innovative agricultural methods to increase farm production.

ROME – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met today with His Excellency Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his official trip to Rome.
11/06/2014 - 14:53

In support of a unified response under the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), WFP has to date provided food assistance to 1.3 million people and is ramping up services to the whole humanitarian effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  

FREETOWN – At the end of a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, during which she met with government officials and key actors in the fight against Ebola, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today called upon partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the health crisis.
09/19/2014 - 12:48

During a five-day visit, Cousin will meet high-level UN officials, government leaders, private sector partners and representatives of the NGO community for strategic discussions on hunger, nutrition, food security and development. Topics that will take centre stage include WFP’s work in extraordinary emergencies including the Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan and the urgent funding needs for these operations.

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin will arrive in New York on Sunday, September 22, for the 69th UN General Assembly.